The Maryland Board of Public Works approved $15 million Wednesday for the proposed regional medical center in Prince George’s County.
“We need to continue with design and architectural work so we will be ready to go mid or early next year,” Prince George’s County Chief Administrative Officer Brad Seamon said.
The money comes before the county as the certificate of need (CON) from the state, which is necessary to ensure the hospital can even be built. There’s work that needs to be paid for now if the hospital is going to open by 2018, Seamon said.
“If we wait for the CON to be approved before we start the design work that needs to be done in advance, then we’ll be way off our target,” he said.
The $645 million hospital is proposed for Largo adjacent to the Largo Metro station. The 259-bed facility is expected to address some of the major health concerns plaguing the county.
In the meantime, a host of community clinics are opening in an effort to cut down on emergency abuse and to help manage chronic illnesses.
It appears the governor and the state’s highest ranking officials believe the Maryland Health Care Commission will approve the new medical center.
“It’s a process and it’s a tough process, and I think we put together a good CON application,” Seamon said. “We’re confident it’s a good application.”